Radiology Residents hold appointments as Veterinary Resident
Instructors. All of these appointments are funded by Texas A&M
University to provide patient care and teaching assistance in the
clinical programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine. All
residents are expected to perform many of the same services and
duties as senior faculty.
The diagnostic imaging (radiology) residency is a three-year
program designed to prepare the individual for successful
completion of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR)
qualifying and certifying exams and for competent entry level
skills as a radiologist. This accredited program meets or exceeds
all specifications mandated for training by the ACVR.
The resident will be assigned a resident mentor.
Responsibilities of Resident Mentor
- Advise resident about preparation for and meeting requirements
of ACVR qualification and certification
- Advise resident about options for career plans and professional
- Provide guidance for completion of scheduled requirements
according to guidelines established by the Radiology Section.
Responsibilities of Radiology Residency Program Director
- Ensure residents are aware of all requirements and
responsibilities of the residency program
- Ensure residents are aware of all requirements and
responsibilities for registration, qualification, and certification
- A dministrate regularly scheduled reviews of resident's
performance and progress.
Overview of Clinical Program
The resident is assigned to clinical duty for at least 30.5
months of the training program. Five and a half months of the
program are designated for research, teaching, studying and
vacation. When the resident is assigned to clinical duty, he/she
will be under the direct supervision of the radiologist on duty
until after he/she passes the written board examinations. The
preliminary reports along with the radiographs/studies are all
reviewed daily during rounds. At the very least, the supervising
radiologist will be present at these rounds and the radiologists
that aren't on duty will attend when possible. Once a preliminary
report has been reviewed, it will then be finalized. During the
entire program, the cases dictated by the resident will always be
reviewed at least once (during rounds) by a supervising
radiologist. The resident will not be expected to supervise a
clinical service without backup until after they pass the written
There are six clinical services:
- Small animal diagnostic radiology
- Large animal diagnostic radiology
- Small Animal Ultrasound
- Large Animal Ultrasound
- Nuclear Medicine/Computed Tomography
There is always a radiologist assigned to each of these
services, except large animal ultrasound. The same radiologist may
be assigned to two of these services at once. The large animal
ultrasound service is run by 3 ACVIM diplomates with extensive
experience in this area. The resident will rotate through this
service as well but will not be directly supervised by an ACVR
diplomate. Rotation in large animal ultrasound will likely be
combined with large animal diagnostic radiology as they are
physically in close proximity. The resident will be assigned to a
minimum of 12 months clinical duty in small animal radiology, large
animal radiology and ultrasound. Radiology duty and ultrasound duty
may run concurrently in some instances. Remaining clinical time
will be distributed in the remaining imaging areas as dictated by
the ACVR accreditation process.
Interventional and Special Radiographic Procedures:
The radiologist and/or radiology resident will perform daytime
myelograms. He/She will also perform all gastrointestinal and
urinary contrast studies. He/She will have the opportunity to
participate in angiograms, balloon dilations, and transvenous
vascular occlusion procedures which are typically performed by the
cardiologists. Also, all ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided
aspirates and biopsies will be performed by radiology.
The resident will assist in nuclear medicine and will dictate
nuclear medicine cases with the supervision of the radiologist
during the rotation in that area.
Resident Teaching responsibilities:
The resident may be expected to give one lecture in the 2nd year
veterinary student lecture course given during the spring semester,
as well as assist in the film reading laboratories associated with
that class. During the second and third years (except during board
preparation time), the resident will be expected to share the duty
of daily 4th year student rounds in the clinic. This usually takes
the form of case presentations and discussion by the students. The
resident will not be required to participate in any continuing
education short courses but would be allowed to do so if he/she
Once a week there is either a one hour seminar given by the
medicine residents/faculty or morbidity and mortality rounds
presented by the residents. The radiology resident will be required
to attend these weekly presentations.
Known case conference:
These rounds will be held twice a month and will be based on the
format of the ACVR oral board examination. A radiologist will
prepare "known" cases to be interpreted by the resident.
Radiology Journal Club:
Weekly the resident will participate in discussion of recent
literature with the faculty radiologists.
Daily Radiology Case Review Rounds:
Each day, the supervising radiologist in either large animal
radiology or small animal radiology as well as the resident and any
other radiologists that can attend will review the preliminary
reports and cases from the preceding days in those areas as well as
in ultrasound, nuclear medicine and CT/MRI. In this manner, the
resident will be able to view all cases as well as receive
constructive criticism on their reports.
No formal didactic training will be required. Instead, the
resident will have assigned topics of focused learning during their
training program. A radiologist will be assigned to supervise and
guide the residents study on each topic (via informal lectures,
reading lists, etc). At the end of each section, a comprehensive
written exam will be administered.
No formal externships are planned for this program.
Resident Research Project
The resident is expected to complete a prospective research
project and present the findings at a national meeting during
his/her final year. The resident is expected to write a research
proposal which will be evaluated by a committee of at least 3
faculty members (one member must be a radiologist). The committee
should be selected by December of the first year and the proposal
should be submitted to the committee by February of the first year.
The research should be completed during the second year and a
manuscript should be written and submitted to a refereed
publication by the end of the third year.
The first year resident will be reviewed at 6 months, and at the
end of the first year. Each resident is then reviewed annually. The
resident's mentor will solicit input from all faculty and will
provide and analysis of the resident's ability, capabilities, and
productivity which will be in written form as well as verbally
communicated to the resident. As part of this evaluation,
performance on the didactic examinations will also be included.
This evaluation will become part of the resident's permanent file.
Input is sought from our staff, faculty, and house officers from
other services. The review will be discussed with the resident in a
formal meeting with the section chief and/or program director.
The academic rank of the resident will be Veterinary Resident
Instructor. Reappointment for each year will be decided by the
Radiology section and the Head of the department
Stipends and Benefits
- Stipends are determined annually by the Head of the Department.
They are Standard for all residents in the Department of Large
Animal Medicine & Surgery and typically increase with each year
- Residents may participate in the University's medical-surgical
- All courtesies, such as athletic ticket purchases, use of
university facilities, parking permits, etc., are the same as for
Certificate of Completion of Program
A certificate of completion of the residency program will be
presented to the resident upon successful completion of the 3-year
radiology residency program.
Please contact Dr. Benjamin Young (firstname.lastname@example.org or
(979)219-0234), Residency Program Director, with any questions.